Found May 11, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS At his most frustrated and irritated point, then-Astros outfielder Lance Berkman never could have imagined himself playing for Tony La Russa and the Cardinals. "I could visualize myself meeting him in the parking lot after the game rather than playing for him," Berkman joked. The Cardinals welcomed the future Hall of Fame manager back to Busch Stadium Friday night, retiring La Russa's No. 10 in a pregame ceremony before they faced the Atlanta Braves. La Russa retired three days after leading the Cardinals to their second World Championship in six years last October with a historic and dramatic run that began in late August and didn't end until a Game 7 victory over the Texas Rangers in the World Series. And despite the continued frustration at the man in the sunglasses in the opposing dugout, Berkman said it was the thought of playing for La Russa that eventually steered him to St. Louis as a free agent in December 2010. "As an opposing player ...
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